[Review] The Oracles of Troy by Glyn Iliffe
Author: Glyn Iliffe
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services October 25, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Mythology, Greek/Trogan War,
Format: eBook, Kindle
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from the author for the purpose of review
Homer's next book depicting Odysseus's long journey home is written in the Odyssey. Both works were written in 8th century BC by Homer.
Odysseus (Greek name) also known as Ulysses (Roman name) is a Greek prince, who has rallied behind King Agamemnon of Mycenae and his brother King Menelaus of Sparta, in order to seek revenge and destroy the city of Troy. King Priam of Troy has a son named Paris who fell in love with and had an affair with Helen, she is the wife of Menelaus. They have battled for ten long years and both sides are eager for an end.
The Oracles of Troy depicts a fictional account of the ending history of the Greek and Trojan war in and near the city of Troy, or Ilium. An oracle has been prophesied which would help bring a close to the war. Odysseus is eager to return to his wife and son, and he accepts a mission to end the ten year war.
1. A sweeping story of travel and adventure.
A Greek army which encompasses kings and princes with their own domains of military men; massive ships full of men carrying weapons across many miles; with a common mission, and it is guided and provided by "the gods." They've traveled far to seek a revenge that seems minimal to me. A couple had an affair, they should not have, but to cause the deaths of so many others who are innocent is beyond my comprehension. I must remember this is a fictional story based on a epic poem.
2. Combat ready, overly-confident men who are also seen at another angle. Odysseus, Philoctetes, Eperitus, are battle-hardened men. These men are sweaty, dirty, muscular, menacing, intimidating; however, they are men who love families, and there are moments of humanity in their words and actions.
3. Narrative and description.
The narrative account and description in the telling of the story is strong. I felt drawn-in at the first page. The characters came alive in my mind, and their stories were vivid and powerful.
Until the mid-point of the story Odysseus is not an active character, Helen is. How Helen felt as a widow, the choices she made over the past ten years, her children. I did feel she was a way to build the story to the point where Odysseus was given a new mission. Other characters who lived in Troy were brought out, as well as Odysseus's wife back at home. I enjoyed reading about Helen, this gave the book a bit of femininity and gentility against the grand-scale of battle.
Authors website: http://www.glyniliffe.com/
Glyn Iliffe studied English and Classics at Reading University, where he developed a passion for the stories of ancient Greek mythology. Well traveled, Glyn has visited nearly forty countries, trekked in the Himalayas, spent six weeks hitchhiking across North America and had his collarbone broken by a bull in Pamplona. He is married with two daughters and lives in Leicestershire. He is currently working on the fifth book in the series, The Voyage of Odysseus.
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